© 2019 Erica Hornthal, LCPC, BC-DMT.

Dance Therapy Advocates Summit

 June 12-14, 2020

via Zoom

Welcome to the homepage of the

Virtual Dance Therapy Advocates Summit! 

This summit is a meeting of the minds and offers a unique opportunity for dance therapists, prospective therapists, as well as dance therapy supporters and enthusiasts to share  clinical work, professional development strategies and to network. 

Why You Should Attend

Who Should Attend

  • Anyone who is passionate about the field of dance therapy

  • A current practitioner in the field

  • Individuals interested in dance therapy

  • Mental health professionals and dance community members who want to learn more about how the body plays a role in mental health

  • Help create a shared vision and be a part of the future of dance therapy

  • Discover imperatives for change and progression

  • Foster new and improved relationships in the community and field

  • Network with others passionate about dance and mental health

Tentative Agenda


Friday, June 12, 2020


     9:15am: Opening Welcome w/Erica Hornthal

     10:30am-11:30am: Seda Guney             

     11:45am- 12:45pm: TBD

     1:15pm-2:15pm: Dr. Danielle Fraenkel

     2:30pm-3:30pm: TBD

     3:45pm-4:45pm: TBD

     5:00pm-6:00pm: TBD



Saturday, June 13, 2020

      9:15am-10:00am: Welcome


      10:15am-11:45am: KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Christine Caldwell

      12:00pm-1:00pm: TBD

      1:15pm-2:15pm: Session #1: Dee and Steve Wagner

      2:30pm-3:30pm: Session #2: Kamahria Hopkins

      3:45pm-4:45pm: Session #3: Julie Brannen

      5:00pm-6:00pm: TBD



Sunday, June 14, 2020


      9:15am-10:15am: Session #4: Orit Krug

      10:30am-11:30am: Session #5: Jennifer Sterling              

      11:45am- 12:45pm: TBD

      1:15pm-2:15pm: Session #6: Megan Ross

      2:30pm-3:30pm: Session #7: Erica Hornthal

      3:45pm-4:45pm: TBD

      5:00pm-6:00pm: TBD

      7:15pm-9:00pm: Closing Session with Erica Hornthal














Christine Caldwell, Ph.D., BC-DMT, LPC, NCC, ACS

Christine Caldwell, Ph.D., BC-DMT, LPC, NCC, ACS, is the founder of and professor emeritus in the Somatic Counseling Program at Naropa University in Boulder, CO, USA, where she taught coursework in somatic counseling theory and skills, clinical neuroscience, research, and diversity issues. Her work began forty years ago with studies in anthropology, dance therapy, bodywork and Gestalt therapy, and has developed into innovations in the field of body-centered psychotherapy. She calls her work the Moving Cycle. This system goes beyond the limitations of therapy and emphasizes lifelong personal and social evolution through trusting and following body states. The Moving Cycle spotlights natural play, early physical imprinting, and the transformational effect of fully sequenced movement processes. She has taught at the University of Maryland, George Washington University, Concordia, Seoul Women’s University, Southwestern College, Pacifica, and Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, and trains, teaches and lectures internationally. She has published over 30 articles and chapters, and her books include Getting Our Bodies Back, Getting In Touch, The Body and Oppression, and Bodyfulness.




Orit Krug, MS, BC-DMT

Session #4- Sunday, June 14 9:15-10:15am


Orit Krug is an internationally recognized board-certified dance/movement therapist. She guides women to heal past trauma from their bodies, so that they can truly let in love and enjoy their relationships. Orit provides transformational sessions for women all around the world via online.  Orit launched the first ever Dance Therapy podcast in April 2017, called Mind Your Body. She campaigns daily on social media about the importance of bringing dance and movement into trauma recovery. As a result of her creative and novel approach to advocate for the field, Orit won the 2018 “Innovation Award” granted by the American Dance Therapy Association. 

Dee Wagner, LPC, BC-DMT

Session #1- Saturday, June 13 1:15-2:15pm

Dee Wagner, LPC, BC-DMT, has worked as a counselor and dance/movement therapist at the Link Counseling Center in Atlanta, Georgia for 25 years. She has presented workshops for the American Dance Therapy Association, the Expressive Therapies Summit, and the International Coach Federation. She has three articles in peer-reviewed professional journals, Couples Dance/Movement Therapy: Bringing a theoretical framework to practice, American Journal of Dance Therapy; Polyvagal Theory and Peekaboo: How the therapeutic pas de deux heals attachment trauma in Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy and The Big Dance: My love affair with the science of nervous system functioning in Voices: The Art and Science of Psychotherapy (journal of the American Academy of Psychotherapists). Counseling Today, Coaching World, Elephant Journal and Asana International Yoga Journal have all published multiple articles of hers on polyvagal theory. Using her knowledge of polyvagal theory, Dee has created a dance/movement therapy-informed partner practice called Chi for Two® focusing on movements that help us better navigate the nuanced energetic dance of relationship.

Julie Brannen, MA, LPC, R-DMT, GLCMA

Session #3- Saturday, June 13 3:45-4:45pm

Dancing through life, Julie Brannen's experiences are abundant in creativity, community, learning and growth, healing and transformation. Some of her identity markers include artist, healer, teacher, mover; she follows the path of heart and soul. Julie facilitates an organic and compassionate practice of fiercely approaching vulnerability and embodying whole-hearted living.

She is the Founder + Artistic Director of SheWolf Sacred Movement, a new paradigm global purpose revolution to venerate the embodied feminine soul. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Dance/Movement Therapist, with a Master of Arts in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling, and Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis from Columbia College Chicago.  Julie's goal is to create a safe, inclusive, nonjudgmental space in order to express, liberate, and uplift.

Kamahria Hopkins, MA, R-DMT, GL-CMA, MPA

Session #2- Saturday, June 13 2:30-3:30pm


Kamahria Hopkins, MA, R-DMT, GL-CMA, MPA, is a holistic-minded, multimodal clinician currently working at Guided Wellness Counseling in SE Wisconsin. She sees both adults and children in private practice,  as well as families in need through the county in-home therapy program. Kamahria takes an eclectic approach to her work utlizing talk therapy, dance therapy and a number of alternative holistic modalities including aromatherapy. She is a three-time graduate of Columbia College Chicago, where she earned her master’s in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling, Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis and a certificate in Movement Pattern Analysis. A former award-winning journalist for nearly a decade, Kamahria decided to pursue a different type of communications career after running a dance ministry for several years in upstate New York. Her passion lies in self-actualization and depth psychology, with a special interest in the use of Tarot and oracle cards as tools for psychological inquiry. She offers an array of workshops on movement, energy work, manifestation and grief. She is also a trained doula and enjoys working with families throughout the childbearing year. 

Megan Ross, Ph.D, R-DMT, GLCMA

Session #6- Sunday, June 14 1:15pm-2:15pm

Dr. Megan Ross, PhD is the founder of The Ozias Group, a healthcare advocacy, consultancy and educational organization. Before founding The Ozias Group, Ross served as the Chief Clinical Officer for Aloria Health. She has spent her career developing herself, individuals and organizations to work with integrity, ethics and profitably from a human center.


Dr. Ross is licensed as a clinical psychotherapist, registered dance/movement therapist, certified advanced yoga and meditation practitioner, certified movement analysts and registered doula. Her speaking and research interests include somatic integrated psychology, leadership and organizational psychology, and conflict and security psychology. 

Jennifer Sterling, MS, R-DMT, LCAT-lp

Sessions #5- Sunday, June 14 10:30-11:30am

Jennifer Sterling is a black woman. She is also a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist and the creator of The Bodyful Healing Project, an initiative that offers support and resources to black women living with depression. Having witnessed the adverse effects of oppressive systems on black women in her community and through her own lived experience, Jennifer has made it her mission to help reduce the stigma around mental illness within the black community, as well as educate others on the effects of oppression on black women's bodies. 

Seminar Descriptions


SheWolf Sacred Movement 

Facilitated by Julie Brannen


SheWolf Sacred Movement is about recalling what is natural, instinctual, and vital within the human experience. You are invited to connect to your wild and joyous body! You are invited to get out of your head and into the flow. You are invited to dance as a source of creative expression. You are welcomed to allow the primal creature inside be your muse. This workshop includes guided and collaborative movement improvisation and integrative story telling. Through personal reflection and community immersion, participants will engage in a felt sense of being held in a creative process.  We explore what is sacred to you and how it can serve you on your journey onward.


Learning Objectives:

  • learn methods of engaging in therapeutic movement 

  • connect to aspects of personal language to create collective narrative

  • experience group consciousness through intuition and creative process 




How Our Language Influences the Care We Give

Facilitated by Megan Ross


This workshop is designed to educate attendees about the complexities of language within a therapeutic practice and how words impact the care that we offer. Language is apart of structuring our cognition, emotions, attitudes, culture, and actions. The power and influence of words requires critically analysis so that we each can get closer to offering the clinical care that we intend. Strategies to increase self awareness regarding language will be provided and explored.


Learning Objectives: 

  • Following this presentation, participants will be able to recognize the impact language has on the delivery of care.  

  • From this presentation participants will be able to increase their self awareness around the words we use to express clinical language in two ways. 

  • From this presentation participants will be able to restructure their clinical language in accordance with the care they intend to offer.



Bringing Dance Therapy Online: Global Access and Understanding of DMT to an Unlimited Audience & Clientele

Facilitated by Orit Krug


Orit Krug ditched the comfort of her job in a small town after being unable to deny her greater calling to bring dance therapy online and provide global access to our powerful modality. In this presentation, participants will learn more about Orit's journey and how bringing dance therapy online is expanding the field in ways that were previously unimaginable. 


Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how a unique vision became a reality and the essential steps we need to take before developing an innovation of our current modality

  • Explore personal challenges and obstacles that inevitably come up as an advocate/innovator and how to overcome them

  • Understand how dance therapy works online: overcoming fears and clarifying misconceptions about doing this work through the screen



Dear Strong Black Woman : Using movement to break free from the binds of oppression

Facilitated by Jennifer Sterling


Slavery, Jim Crow, and modern day institutionalized racism are all systems of oppression that have historically affected black women and continue to affect black women today. While black women are strong and beautifully resilient, there's no escaping the long-term mental health effects of oppression, like depression. This presentation will explain how oppression affects black women's mental health and how dance/movement therapy can be used to combat its effects and encourage healing. 


Learning Objectives: 

  • Learn the ways in which oppression affects black women

  • Understand the behavioral shutdown theory of depression

  • Learn how to utilize Kestenberg Movement Profile and principles of dance therapy pioneers to encourage a sense of bodily safety for black women and other marginalized groups. 



Tarot in Motion: An Embodied Approach to Using Cards in Session

Facilitated by Kamahria Hopkins, MA, R-DMT, GL-CMA, MPA


If you’re remotely plugged into the spiritual/holistic/wellness community, then you know Tarot, oracle and affirmation cards are all the rage. But these cards are more than a fun party trick and can be used for more than telling the future. Come learn how embodying the cards can help strengthen theme development in your sessions, expand movement repertoire using LMA and dive deeper into the world of archetypes and moving imagination.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn basic approaches to reading Tarot cards and their meanings.

  • Participants will learn how to embody the meanings of cards to expand theme development and explore archetypal material in their sessions.

  • Participants will learn how the structure of the Major Arcana relates to Laban’s effort elements.

  • Participants will learn how to use Tarot and oracle cards to market their dance/movement therapy offerings.



Chi for Two® Offers a Piece of DMT

Facilitated by Dee Wagner


As dance/movement therapists look for ways to ethically offer pieces of dance/movement therapy (DMT) to other somatic practitioners, DMT's best offering could be an understanding of the therapeutic relationship. Chi for Two® offers a limited DMT protocol, which helps us understand and better do the nuanced energetic dance of relationship. Chi for Two® is based on Porges' polyvagal theory, Carter's illumination of the role of oxytocin in social functioning, Levine's trauma understanding and the alternating rhythms of developmental dances identified by Kestenberg and colleagues. Can we get a felt-sense of all this science in one hour? Dee Wagner, assisted by her son—tai chi instructor Stephen Kirk Wagner—leads the way.


Learning Objectives:

  • Utilize a "map" of nervous system functioning with clients.

  • Explore the Power of Push with clients.

  • Picture incorporating Chi for Two® into other somatic modalities.


Check back for more information.

Want to get involved or have questions?  Contact Erica Hornthal.